Health & Wellness

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Mindfulness, Capitalism, and the Ethics of Compassion

Mindfulness has found a second life, but appears divorced from its roots. What does the co-opting of the technique mean?
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From Picking Fruit to Buying It: The Health of California Farmworkers

When we buy fruit at the grocery store, we often fail to realize the intensive and undervalued human labor that goes into growing and harvesting that fruit.
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In Colorado, The Right to Comprehensive Sex Education

Colorado students are testifying in favor of a bill that would make comprehensive sex education the norm in public schools, but not all parents are happy with the legislation.
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The Perils of Globalizing Mental Health

Is the western understanding of mental health and mental illness necessarily the best understanding?
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The Pink Tax (And Why It’s Time Women Opt for the...

Gender-based pricing is an insidious problem women face at almost every turn, and it won't be solved until companies can be convinced it's not lucrative.
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On Gene Editing, Disease, and Disability

Gene editing is controversial for many reasons, but it's especially thorny when it comes to issues such as selective abortion, disease, and disability.
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Self-Care in the Late Capitalist Era

Self-care is crucial, but is it overly commodified?
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To Clean or Too Clean? The Problem of Over-Cleanliness

We've been taught from a young age to wash our hands frequently and use powerful disinfectants to clean our homes. But how clean is too clean?
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“Free Birth” and the Politics of Childbearing

Women deserve better care and experiences when it comes to giving birth, but the Free Birth Society may not be the answer.
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Lulu and Nana: The Surprise of Genetically-Modified Humans

The gene-editing technology CRISPR was the source of lively theoretical ethics debates - until Chinese scientist He Jiankui actually used it.